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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life

It's been a rough 48 hours, Solid State.

After a mad scramble on Monday morning to fix not one, not two but three f'ed-up spotlights in the music section, I've recently been made aware that this week's cover spot,  James Kochalka— a replacement for a band that send me the wrong freakin' date for their show — has canceled his Radio Bean performance. In the words of Charlie Brown, "Aaugh!"

On that note, it appears that my beloved New England Patriots are cheaters of Bondsian — or perhaps, Lucy-esque — proportions. Like I said, a rough 48 hours.

A few words of wisdom to aspiring musicians before we continue:

1. ALWAYS double check to make sure you send along the correct dates, especially if you're playing at the Bean since they don't post a calendar.

2. If you're trying to promote your band but don't have a high-resolution jpeg, get one.

3. I like cookies. Feel free to bribe me with them or use them as a conciliatory gesture if you screw up either of the above.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, I wanted to let you know about a show that I never believed would happen: Gogol Bordello in Montpelier.

I'm not kidding. Ed DuFresne, booking dude for Langdon St. Cafe and the heart and soul of the Northeast Kingdom Music Fest has managed to convince Eugene Hutz and Co. that it's a good idea to play in an old gymnasium in our fair state capital. He might just be right.

I'm guessing the odd location is the result of the controversy surrounding GB's last performance Higher Ground and their rumored banishment from the club. Anyone with more info on that, feel free to divulge. This is the blogosphere, after all — wild unconfirmed rumors are par for the course!

Anyway, here are the pertinent details, press release style!

Gogol Bordello
Friday October 12, 2007
Vermont College Gymnasium, corner of College and East State Streets, Montpelier.
Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 + applicable service fees, on sale now at Riverwalk Records in Montpelier, Pure Pop in Burlington, via phone at 888.512.SHOW and online at
Amenities: A full bar will be available to those 21 and over at the show, courtesy of The Black Door Bar and Bistro.


So, yeah. Gogol Bordello . . . In Montpeculiar  . . .  Anyone want to try and set up a few Morf vans to caravan to the show?

Tee hee, "caravan" . . . a rough 48 hours, friends. A long, rough 48 hours.

Tune in tomorrow to get in my Pants!


Ed DuFresne

Hey Dan, the Pat's are CHEATERS - I want the Lombardi back they stole from the Eagles in '04 - no wonder they always knew when the blitz was coming in that game.

I've lost all respect for the Pats and hope they get hammered by the NFL for this.

Thanks for writing up the gogol show, though, and holla at me if you need more info.


Sigh . . . Yes, the Pats are cheaters — though I don't know if I'd go all CAPS on their ass. They're not doing anything every team in the league doesn't try and do in some manner. They were just embarrassingly overt about it. I imagine they'll take their lumps and then go back to winning Super Bowls.

And the Eagles would have had the trophy if McNabb hadn't gone fetal in the 4th quarter and started throwing up all over the place. Wonder if they got that on camera?

My pleasure to mention the show, Ed. Nice work.

James Kochalka

The Radio Bean show is UN-cancelled. That is, we're still playing it. I repeat, James Kochalka Superstar is still playing at Radio Bean early on Saturday, Sept 15 from around 5:00-7:00pm. We're also playing briefly at the Burlington Book Festival at the waterfront theatre on Sunday, Sept 16 at 12:30 in the afternoon.

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